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Thursday, June 2, 2011
Mavs hope to slow the burn against hot Heat

By Lisa Altobelli

NBA: There's no place like home for the Heat who have won all nine of their Biscayne Boulevard-based playoff games this season and hope to extend that into double digits tonight (9 p.m., ABC). Miami's defense will once again attempt to suffocate Dirk Nowitzki after holding him to a quiet 27 points in their Game 1 victory Tuesday. Aside from the on-court matchup, it will be just as fascinating to see if Mark Cuban can keep up his self-imposed vow of silence. If his Mavs fall behind early, a 2006-type tirade could be imminent.

French Open: With a career Grand Slam on the line, Maria Sharapova has rolled into the French semis having toasted Germany's Andrea Petkovic 6-0, 6-3 Wednesday. This will be the Russian's first Slam semifinal in more than three years and she'll have to bring her clay game to defeat Chinese sensation, Li Na, who reached the final at this year's Australian Open and also upset pre-tournament favorite, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 7-5, 6-2 for her shot at the former No. 1 today.

MLB: In a battle between the AL Central and West leaders, the Indians begin a four game homestand against the Rangers tonight (7:05 p.m.). Carlos Carrasco, who is just 1-2 at Progressive Field this season with an ERA of 7.64, will take the hill for Cleveland. Texas lefty Matt Harrison, who is riding a 16.1 inning shutout streak, was scratched Wednesday due to a nagging blister and will be replaced by reliever Dave Bush. Bush looks for redemption after giving up five runs in the 14th inning in a 12-5 loss to the Royals his last outing.